Syracuse isn't a likely candidate for Cinderella status - they've historically been a basketball school, have enjoyed some recent success in the NCAA tournament, and have won a championship. But somebody's got to take on the role of Underdog We As A Country All Rally Around. Thanks a lot, Northern Iowa.
On the other hand, the Orange also lost 13 games, including getting bounced by Pitt in their first game of the ACC Tournament - their 5th loss in 6 games heading into Selection Sunday. For much of the season, no one has taken them seriously, and many believe they shouldn't have even made the Tournament. Yet here they are - surging into the Final Four after knocking off Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, Gonzaga, and, after a furious comeback, Virginia.
Ultimately, it's up to the College Basketball Fairy Godfather to decide: is Syracuse basketball too accomplished to be considered a Cinderella at this point, or is the glass slipper finding a home in upstate New York?